Discovery Workshops

We run Discovery Workshops with hands-on activities and a wide range of topics related to the natural world. New workshops coming in 2016!

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Upcoming Workshops:


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Previous Workshops:


Discover our solar system! Nature Play School Holiday sessionsDiscover our solar system!
Nature Play school holiday sessions (4th, 12th, and 13th October)

Calling all star-gazers and junior astronauts, come and take a tour of the solar system!

Venture to the Adelaide Planetarium, a theatre with a domed-shaped ceiling and a star projector to realistically show the position of constellations, stars and planets. You can almost feel the earth turn as the projector rotates to simulate the motion of the earth’s rotation during the course of the night. One of the Planetarium’s experienced educators will guide you through the solar system and show the short movie, “Astronaut”.

Join us for this astronomical event!

To find out more and to register:

  1. 4th October 2016 – Session complete
  2. 12th October 2016 – Session complete
  3. 13th October 2016 – Session complete


Discover Microbats (13th - 22nd August)Discover Microbats (13th – 22nd August)

Nine microbat species occur within the metropolitan Adelaide area, but because they are small, nocturnal and difficult to detect, few people notice them!
Specialised equipment and training is required to decipher their echolocation signals, come along to our bat workshops to learn about how scientists record and understand bat calls.

We are running four community workshops with local bat researcher Dr Annette Scanlon, under the guidance of local bat expert, Terry Reardon (SA Museum). At the first three workshops (13th – 19th August), we will discuss the local bats and their role in the ecosystem, how to monitor bats and provide a hands-on trial of using the bat detection equipment, and install two bat detectors to collect data in the days after. The final workshop (22nd August) will demonstrate how to analyse the data collected at the previous workshops as well as the results of the monitoring.

To find out more about these workshops and to register, click here.



A beginner's guide to Citizen Science
A beginner’s guide to Citizen Science (15th August)

You can help discover new planets. You can help create new proteins to prevent or treat disease. You can help track the changes in the ranges of plants and animals. You can discover the wildlife in your garden, on your street in a park, or in the city. Globally, there are now thousands of citizen science projects and many millions of participants. Locally, there are many projects that you can join, with or without experience. It doesn’t matter who you are, there is a citizen science project for you! Your participation can be valuable for the scientists and communities involved, and you can gain skills, meet new people, and learn new things along the way.

In this workshop you will be introduced to a variety of citizen science projects. Some projects will include outdoor activities, while others can be easily done indoors. Some projects won’t take long, while others are long-term. You’ll be shown how to find projects and a few of our favourites. Come along to learn how to build your own wildlife catalogue, for your home, for a park or for a school. Or help scientists identify animals in Africa from the comfort of your home. Come along to learn how to record and identify frog calls. Come along to learn how to identify galaxies and search for new planets. Come along and learn how to build proteins. Come along to become a citizen scientist!

To find out more about these workshops and to register, click here.



Heath Goanna

Heath Goanna. Photo taken by Alan Lagnado in Innes National Park January 9th 2016.

Why Goannas are special, threatened, and what YOU can do

Join us for talk about Goannas – the last remaining large, native, terrestrial reptilian predators in southern South Australia, and they need our help!

Learn about their fascinating biology, breeding ecology. We’ll explore why it is so important we find out where they currently live in South Australia. Taking a collaborative approach with the community is integral to the recovery process, and you will find out about how you, as a citizen scientist, can help us conserve this rare species.

Speakers include: Philip Roetman, UniSA, and Peggy and Mike from Pelican Lagoon (who have been researching Rosenberg’s Goannas on Kangaroo Island for more than 25 years). Brought to you by UniSA’s Discovery Circle and Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board. Children are welcome, and activities will be provided to entertain younger children during the talks. Bookings are essential.

One Tree Hill presentation
  1. 6pm, Monday 18th April, 2016
  2. Para Wirra Recreation Park – Park Resource Centre
  3. WORKSHOP COMPLETE/li>
Willunga presentation
  1. 6pm, Tuesday 19th April, 2016
  2. Willunga Environment Centre
  3. WORKSHOP COMPLETE

Nature Journaling image

Nature Journaling

In our increasingly urbanised world, many of us are estranged from nature. We feel that nature only exists out there somewhere beyond the city limits. We overlook the urban nature that is all around us — street trees responding to the cycle of seasons, the busy lives of birds in a neighbourhood park, the butterflies that visit our garden.

Sandra Taylor will introduce nature journaling, a way of momentarily leaving the human world to be in nature by recording your perception of and personal response to the plants and animals that share your neighbourhood. Nature journaling can be done anywhere you happen to be when you are inspired to record an encounter with nature, but it can begin with the view from your kitchen window.

Philip Roetman will demonstrate some of the new online tools you can use to help you record and identify the wildlife you see and hear.

Age recommendation: 15+.

  • October 26th, 2015 (7-9pm)
  • The John Harvey Gallery
  • 12 James St, Salisbury
  • WORKSHOP COMPLETE
  • October 20th, 2015 (7-9pm)
  • The Cove Civic Centre
  • 1 Ragamuffin Drive, Hallett Cove
  • WORKSHOP COMPLETE
  • September 21st, 2015 (7-9pm)
  • ‘The Joinery’
  • 111 Franklin St, Adelaide
  • WORKSHOP COMPLETE

Nature Play Planetarium Session

Calling all star-gazers and junior astronauts, come and take a tour of the solar system!

Starry Night

Venture to the Adelaide Planetarium, a theatre with a domed-shaped ceiling and a star projector to realistically show the position of constellations, stars and planets. You can almost feel the earth turn as the projector rotates to simulate the motion of the earth’s rotation during the course of the night. One of the Planetarium’s experienced educators will guide you through the solar system and show the short movie, “Astronaut”.

Join us for this astronomical event!

  • October 1st, 2015 (11.30am – 12.30pm)
  • ‘Adelaide Planetarium’
  • Building P, Level 2, UniSA Mawson Lakes Campus, University Boulevard, Mawson Lakes
  • Event complete

 


Native Bee
Discover native bees and build a bee hotel

There are hundreds of species of native bees in Adelaide, but we know very little about them. Help us to find out more! At this workshop you will learn about some of these fascinating locals, like the beautiful blue-banded bee. We will help you to make a “bee hotel”, a place for native bees to nest in your garden. You can be like a fly-on-the-wall in your bee hotel, watching for thieving resin bees and industrious leaf-cutters. We’ll provide a way for you to share photos of what visits your hotel and get feedback about the native bees in your garden. Your contributions will help us to better understand the distributions of native bees around Adelaide. Read our blog about native bees (click here)

Remko Leijs:

Join Dr Remko Leijs from the South Australian Museum and Flinders University to explore the world of native bees. Remko has spent many years studying carpenter bees. He also studies creatures from underground, including stygofauna (groundwater animals). Remko is passionate about native bees and their conservation.

Age recommendation: 15+ – children are welcome if accompanied by an adult.

Marion workshop
  1. 7pm, Wednesday 5th August, 2015
  2. Marion Cultural Centre
  3. Event complete
Salisbury Workshop
  1. 7pm, Tuesday 11th August, 2015
  2. John Harvey Gallery
  3. Event complete
Adelaide workshop
  1. 7pm, Tuesday 18th August, 2015
  2. ‘The Joinery’ – Natural Resource Centre
  3. Event complete

Martin Lewicki

Discover Celestial Wonders

Join Martin Lewicki from the Adelaide Planetarium to discover celestial wonders through a telescope. Saturn will be in the east with its elegant rings, and Jupiter in the west with its atmospheric belts. Jupiter’s four brightest moons will be visible with binoculars. Pretty star clusters will delight your eye and we’ll find the Southern Cross and Pointers high in the sky and learn how to use them to find south. If it is cloudy we can tour the night sky and solar system virtually with a projector. This event is supported by UniSA’s Discovery Circle.

Martin Lewicki:

Martin Lewicki is member of the Astronomical Society of South Australia. Martin has had many years’ experience as an astronomy lecturer and is now the resident educator at the Adelaide Planetarium. Martin presents most of the planetarium sessions to schools, clubs and community groups, and runs a number of popular short courses at the Adelaide Planetarium. He enjoys observing and photographing the night sky and in particular raising awareness on the loss of the starry sky to ever-expanding urban light pollution.

Marion Workshop- this event has already been held
      1. 7pm, Wednesday 15th June, 2015
      2. Marion Cultural Centre
Mawson Lakes workshop – this event has already been held
      1. 7pm, Tuesday 16th June, 2015
      2. Adelaide Planetarium